Montana Coal Industry, With Nowhere to Go but Up, Reports a Production Increase Over Last year

first_imgMontana Coal Industry, With Nowhere to Go but Up, Reports a Production Increase Over Last year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:“Certainly what we’ve seen is an increase in our sales to our Asia customers primarily in South Korea and Japan,” said Rick Curtsinger, Cloud Peak Energy spokesman. “Last year by the end of the second quarter, we had shipped 200,000 tons of coal to our Asia customers. This year as of June 30, we shipped 1.8 million tons to customers in South Korea and Japan.”Coal production is running away from a historically bad 2016 — the nation’s lowest coal production year since 1978. But the first seven months of 2017 still trails 2015 production by about 6 million tons. Montana mines produced 20.7 million tons through June two years ago.Montana mines produced 3.36 million tons of coal in July. Almost half of the production increase came from Spring Creek Mine, said Bud Clinch, Montana Coal Council director. Nearby Decker Mine, owned by Lighthouse Resources, was the second-largest contributor. Decker production was up 155,000 tons.“I think both Decker and Cloud Peak are because of export markets. They both have capacity at Westshore Terminal and demand is stronger,” Clinch said.Westshore Terminal is a British Columbia coal port off the shore of Vancouver. It’s where most of Montana’s export coal is shipped.In late 2015, with prices driven down by a glut of coal in the Asia Pacific market, Montana mines suspended exports entirely. Cloud Peak agreed to pay Westshore to reserve space, rather than ship coal at prices that wouldn’t cover the cost of delivery.Those sluggish prices suppressed coal exports into 2016, when production was in a downward spiral until late in the year when supply tightened again and the market improved. In 2017, the growth has been steady.“We’ve been up every month for the last five months,” Clinch said.The only way for coal production to go from 2016 was up, said Tom Sanzillo, analyst for Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Last year was a bruising one for coal, with cheap natural gas outcompeting coal to become the dominant power source in the United States for the first time ever.The number of coal-fired power plants because of age, non-compliance with pollution standards or both also increased.Natural gas hasn’t gone away and the United States isn’t building new coal-fired power plants, Sanzillo said.In the Asian Pacific, the same forces that clobbered Powder River Basin coal exports in 2016 still exist, which means coal market improvements aren’t likely to last. Cloud Peak is doing better, but the trend is still downward, Sanzillo said.“I think they had a reasonably good half year,” he said. “A company that lost 30 percent of its market in the last couple years and gains back two points is technically doing better.”But coal prices haven’t really returned to the heyday of 2010 and 2012, when United States mines saw good prices and potential in the Asian Pacific.Companies have cut costs and found a way to do business with lower coal market prices, Sanzillo said. More: Montana coal mine production up 2 million tonslast_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer takes down St. John’s, 3-2, on Jonathan Hagman’s overtime goal

first_imgOyvind Alseth motioned for the fans to keep cheering as the first overtime period was about to begin. Syracuse had played a disjointed game nearly all night, committing careless fouls and failing to connect on passes. Both its regulation goals came off scrums in the box where it was initially unclear what happened.But none of that mattered in sudden-death overtime. SU had a chance to put all of that behind and extend its season-opening winning streak to four.That break finally came in the 105th minute. Miles Robinson threw in a long ball that got headed away by a St. John’s defender. It went straight to Jonathan Hagman, who chested it down and then rocketed the ball past St. John’s goalie Andrew Withers across the field. He and his fellow teammates ran toward the sideline close to the fans celebrating in euphoria.“It was a great time to score my first career goal for Syracuse. … I’ve been waiting to score my first goal here,” Hagman said. “It was a good strike. I don’t remember scoring a goal like that ever.”Hagman’s goal gave the Orange (4-0) a 3-2 victory in double overtime. For the second straight Sunday night, SU’s game went into double overtime and for the second straight time it was Syracuse coming away with the win, this time against St. John’s (1-1-1) at SU Soccer Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange could have considered itself lucky to be in this spot as almost all of regulation was marred by sloppy play. Simple give-and-gos were either intercepted or sailed. Careless fouls were committed so frequently that head coach Ian McIntyre told defender Kamal Miller that he would have given him a yellow card after multiple fouls of the same nature.SU took the lead late in the first half on a scrum in front of the net off a corner kick. The goal made up for 43 minutes of poor play prior to it. And with an early lead against an inferior opponent, it seemed like SU would hang on.McIntyre started the second half with those who ended it in the first. Kenny Lassiter stayed on instead of Johannes Pieles and Adnan Bakalovic stayed on the bench in favor of Hagman. It didn’t alleviate any of the Orange’s problems.St. John’s scored two goals in the span of 10 minutes, including one beautiful curving shot to the top left corner that goalie Hendrik Hilpert had no chance of saving. That one gave the Red Storm a 2-1 lead. It was the first time all season the Orange trailed.“I think we may have kind of pouted for four or five minutes,” McIntyre said of his team beginning to trail.“And then I thought we grew in the game,” he added.The Orange got the equalizer it needed from Robinson in the 82nd minute. For the first time all year, Syracuse had been in a situation in which it might lose. Now, the game was even and up for the taking.Toward the end of the second half, McIntyre made a tactical adjustment by putting in Lassiter and Pieles together at forward while dropping Chris Nanco into an attacking midfielder role. It was the first time that Nanco had done that this year, and it was the first time all three were on the field together.“We just wanted to get the goal scorers on at a crucial moment and we can all work together,” Nanco said. “But it didn’t even come from us, it came from Jonathan.”Hagman didn’t start the game and he had never scored a goal in his Orange career. McIntyre subbed him in at the 34th minute and then he played the rest of the way. In a game where not much went as planned for the Orange, it was Hagman who righted the ship to victory.“Jonathan certainly played well tonight,” McIntyre said. “… The goal certainly was the icing on the cake.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langercenter_img Related Stories Lassiter brings a ‘handful’ to SU offenseSyracuse men’s soccer has the weapons to replace lost scoringSyracuse men’s soccer has a ‘good problem’ at forwardSyracuse shuts out Colgate, 3-0, for 3rd straight winSyracuse crushes Colgate, 3-0, on strength of forwards’ playlast_img read more